5 Fresh Uses for Pesto

Pesto isn't just for pasta! It's a mother sauce that can be used on nearly anything to boost flavor and bring a welcome pop of color.
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Pesto isn't just for pasta! It's a mother sauce that can be used on nearly anything to boost flavor and bring a welcome pop of color.
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Did you know? Pesto freezes exceptionally well. 

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One of my best pieces of advice for better batch cooking is to always have a variety of flavor-boosting sauces on hand. After all, just because you are cooking once for the week, it doesn’t mean your food should be bland!

I always make a variety of dressings and sauces to really mix up my meals and make each one feel unique. My absolute favorite flavor booster is a classic pesto. You can use it to top pasta, as a spread for sandwiches and quesadillas, dolloped over grain bowls and so much more. Most people don’t realize that pesto actually freezes really well—simply freeze in a glass container or an ice-cube tray and pull out when your food needs a little punch.

My processor pesto recipe in this video is totally customizable; you can use any of your favorite fresh herbs or nuts. Plus, it takes less than five minutes to make.

Recipes to Try:

Swap my pesto into any of the following recipes below.

Butternut Squash Lasagna with Kale Pesto

Springtime Spaghetti

Cauliflower Pizza with Pesto, Butternut Squash and Mushrooms

Pistachio-Pesto Noodle Salad

Chicken Salad Pesto Sandwiches

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